Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at our workplaces, yet we often don’t recognize the huge impact our office environment has on our health. If workplace conditions are negative, not only will we fail to perform at our best, but our health and wellness may suffer. We all want to feel our best, and not just physically.
Increasingly, we are paying attention to our mental health, shedding light on issues such as social connectivity, well-being, work-life balance and mental illness. While we have made strides in recent years in helping people understand mental illness, boosted by successful awareness campaigns such as “Bell Let’s Talk,” it’s clear that we still have a ways to go in supporting employees suffering from mental health conditions and eliminating stigma in the workplace.
The 2016 Your Workplace Conference addressed wellness-related concerns, featuring experts on the subject from a wide variety of backgrounds. Much can be learned from the knowledge and insights they shared. Organizations interested in improving workplace health and wellness should consider the following four strategies.